This could easily qualify as one of the best beaches in the world. Utterly exclusive Perhentian Island Resort is nestled on a perfect crescent bay, and the view from here is truly breathtaking; the South China Sea expands uninterrupted into a distant horizon to meet the sky. An opaline sea teeming with live corals has been cordened off in parts under the Marine Park Conservation Act - a move that increased the popularity of the waters amongst divers and snorkellers.
Rooms at Perhentian Island Resort differ from each other only in their location and view; all other amenities - room size included - remain consistent. Expect extremely spacious air-conditioned rooms with varnished wooden flooring, and chic, stylish bathrooms cast in deep greens and pearly whites. Rates start at RM310 and go up to RM750.
Prices for a connection to the rest of the world are comparatively steep at RM4 for every 10 minutes of Internet activity. But perhaps with a beach as tantalizing as this one, you won't feel the need to log on as often.
Perhentian Island Resort can arrange a private pick-up for its guests from Kuala Besut Jetty if you make reservations early enough. Other pick-up spots include Kota Bahru Airport, Terengganu Airport and Wakaf Bharu Railway Station.